Peace Journalism Perspective

EDITORIAL

Prof. Johan Galtung

Structural Violence Re-Explored

by Johan Galtung, 21 Jul 2014 - TRANSCEND Media Service

The essay "Galtung's Structural Violence and the Sierra Leone Civil War c. 1985-1992" by Philip Leech [TMS-Analysis 14 Jul 2014],--of all the commentators the deepest--is a very welcome opportunity to clarify and develop further some of the underlying thinking.

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TMS PEACE JOURNALISM

Time for BDS to Oppose Israeli War Crimes

by Jake Lynch – TRANSCEND Media Service

16 Jul 2014 - I have spent the last year defending my right, through Australia’s Federal Court, not to take part in fellowship schemes that link the University of Sydney, where I direct the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, and two institutions from Israel. This week, Judge Alan Robertson dismissed the case against me and awarded costs.

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The Oxymoron of Peace

by Robert C. Koehler – TRANSCEND Media Service

Austerity is for losers. There’s always money to wage war and build weapons, indeed, to continue developing weapons, generation after generation after generation. The contractors are adept at playing the game. Jobs link arms with fear and patriotism and the next war is always inevitable.

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NOBEL LAUREATES

An appeal to BBC and Mainstream Western Media to End Bias against Palestinians: Nobel Peace Laureate Mairead Maguire

by The Peace People – TRANSCEND Media Service

Collective punishment, the breaking of the Geneva Convention, and the bombing of Palestinian women and children do not deter US President Obama and UN Ambassador Samantha Fox from assuring Israel that it will always be their good friend and support it to the tune of billions for its military and illegal occupation of Palestinian land.

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Nobel Literature Laureate Nadine Gordimer Dies Aged 90

by David Smith – The Guardian

Nobel-prize-winning chronicler of apartheid died peacefully in Johannesburg on Sunday [13 Jul 2014].

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Other Commentaries

ANALYSIS

100 Years of War-100 Years of Peace and the Peace Movement, 1914-2014

by Peter van den Dungen, World Beyond War – TRANSCEND Media Service

The West, and the rest of the world, would indeed be a great deal more civilised if war – ‘the foulest blot upon our civilization’ in the words of Andrew Carnegie – was abolished. When he said so, Hiroshima and Nagasaki were still Japanese cities like any other.

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SPOTLIGHT

I, Spy: Edward Snowden in Exile

by Alan Rusbridger and Ewen MacAskill – The Guardian

He doesn’t drink, he’s reading Dostoevsky and, no, he doesn’t wear a disguise. A year after blowing the whistle on the NSA, America’s most wanted talks frankly about his life as a hero-pariah – and why the world remains ‘more dangerous than Orwell imagined’.

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Edward Snowden Urges Professionals to Encrypt Client Communications

by Alan Rusbridger and Ewen MacAskill – The Guardian

Whistleblower says NSA revelations mean those with duty to protect confidentiality must urgently upgrade security. Watch Snowden's interview with the Guardian in Moscow.

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Hacking Online Polls and Other Ways British Spies Seek to Control the Internet

by Glenn Greenwald – The Intercept

The secretive British spy agency GCHQ has developed covert tools to seed the internet with false information, including the ability to manipulate the results of online polls, artificially inflate pageview counts on web sites, “amplif[y]” sanctioned messages on YouTube, and censor video content judged to be “extremist.”

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BY TRANSCEND MEMBERS

Transcending an Asystemic View of Life

by Anthony Judge – TRANSCEND Media Service

A truly remarkable analysis of why things ought to work in theory is provided in a magnum opus by Fritjof Capra and Pier Luigi Luisi as The Systems View of Life: a unifying vision (2014). It is however also a remarkable example of why the global system is in such dire straits -- through failure to apply systemic insights to why they do not work in practice.

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The Political Objective and Strategic Goal of Nonviolent Actions

by Robert J. Burrowes, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service

Whether or not activists achieve their political objective is strategically irrelevant. This is because an effective nonviolent action is designed to achieve its strategic goal, irrespective of the response of opponents or the authorities to the political objective of the action. Whether or not activists achieve their strategic goal, however, is always strategically determinative.

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Who is Winning?

by Uri Avnery – TRANSCEND Media Service

What would history look like if it were written in the style of the "Solid Cliff (a.k.a. Protective Edge) operation? For example: Winston Churchill was a scoundrel.

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Tormenting Gaza

by Richard Falk – TRANSCEND Media Service

There is so much regional turbulence at present that it is unlikely to hope for anything more than scattered verbal denunciations from authorities in the region preoccupied with other concerns, but given the gravity of the situation, attention needs to be refocused on the Palestinian ordeal.

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The Gaza Massacre: The Underlying Motives

by Dr. Chandra Muzaffar – TRANSCEND Media Service

Massacre has become a habit. Every two or three years, Israel launches a massive military assault upon largely unarmed Palestinians in Gaza. Every time, Israel claims the moral high ground for its brutal, barbaric action. It blames Hamas, an important component of the Palestinian liberation movement, for the present cycle of violence.

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30th Anniversary! Hilo Bay Nuclear Warship Blockade (Hawai’i)

by Jim Albertini – TRANSCEND Media Service

For three years the Navy repeatedly violated the law. In June of 1984 peace activists announced a nonviolent blockade of the next nuclear ship visiting Hilo. Three people entered the water and held their hands up in a symbolic message to the ship –”STOP.” Jim Snyder, Warren Wineman and Jim Albertini were imprisoned and/or fined for their nonviolent protest.

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Could the Use of Rockets Be Banned in the Middle East?

by Rene Wadlow – TRANSCEND Media Service

The use of rockets by Islamic groups from Gaza toward Israel and the more deadly use of rockets and bombs by Israeli forces toward Gaza have raised in a dramatic way the possibility of banning rocket use in the Middle East. Arms control in the ME has always been difficult as there is no equivalent of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe there.

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Climate Change: Will a Disaster Wake Us Up?

by John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service

In a 2011 interview in The Guardian, Sir David Attenborough was asked: “What will it take to wake people up about climate change?” He replied “Disaster. It's a terrible thing to say, isn't it? And even disaster doesn't always do it.

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IN FOCUS

18 Jul 2014 – World Marks 1st Mandela Day since His Death

by News24 – TRANSCEND Media Service

People around the world celebrate "Mandela Day" on Friday [18 Jul 2014] for the first time since the iconic former president's death, by doing good deeds on what would have been his 96th birthday.

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What the World Cup Can Teach Progressives about Corruption

by Walden Bello – Foreign Policy In Focus

Fighting corruption is a proven means to reduce inequality. But the issue has often been co-opted by elites looking to do just the opposite.

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The UK Ministry of Defence Says Life in 2045 Will Be Unequal and Violent

by Victoria Turk – TRANSCEND Media Service

Large private, or semiprivate, companies and non-governmental organisations will grow in number and power. Major changes: an increase in population of three billion, scarcity of resources, increased vulnerability of overpopulated cities. "Inequality will endure, and the world will remain fraught with conflict and complexity.”

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CURRENT AFFAIRS

Facts Needed on Malaysian Plane Shoot-Down

by Ray McGovern – Consortium News

As usual, the mainstream U.S. media is rushing to judgment over the crash of a Malaysian airliner in war-torn eastern Ukraine, but the history of U.S. government’s deceptions might be reason to pause and let a careful investigation uncover the facts, says ex-CIA analyst Ray McGovern.

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MH17: World See Tragedy, US Sees “Game Changer”

by Tony Cartalucci, New Eastern Outlook – TRANSCEND Media Service

NATO needed a “game changer,” because it was playing a game it was clearly losing. The dubious circumstances surrounding the downing of MH17 – occurring just as Kiev’s forces were deteriorating across the country and additional US sanctions against Russia fell flat – is more than a mere coincidence.

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It Was Putin’s Missile!

by Pepe Escobar – Asia Times

And here's the spin war verdict: the current Malaysia Airlines tragedy - the second in four months - is "terrorism" perpetrated by "pro-Russian separatists", armed by Russia, and Vladimir Putin is the main culprit. End of story. Anyone who believes otherwise, shut up. Why? Because the CIA said so.

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ANGLO AMERICA

Border Children: ‘They Don’t Speak English, but They Understand Hate’

by Amy Goodman – Truthdig

The United States has a long and sadly bloody history of destabilizing democratic governments in the very countries that are now the sources of this latest wave of migration: most notably in Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador. In the 1980s and 1990s, U.S.-supported military regimes and paramilitaries killed hundreds of thousands of citizens in those countries.

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US Terrorist Database Growing at Rapid Rate

by Matthew Barakat, Associated Press – TRANSCEND Media Service

The U.S. government is rapidly expanding the number of names it accepts for inclusion on its terrorist watch list, with more than 1.5 million added in the last five years, according to numbers divulged by the government in a civil lawsuit. About 99 percent of the names submitted are accepted, leading to criticism that the government is "wildly loose" in its use of the list.

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America: Where the “Good Guys” Torture – A Nation of Cowards?

by Rebecca Gordon - TomDispatch

Once upon a time, if a character on TV or in a movie tortured someone, it was a sure sign that he was a bad guy. Now, the torturers are the all-American heroes. There is a word for people whose first concern is always for their own safety and who will therefore permit anything to be done in their name as long as it keeps them secure. Such people are sometimes called cowards.

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Sanctions and Airliners

by Paul Craig Roberts – TRANSCEND Media Service

Before you say Washington is too sophisticated to mistake one airliner for another, keep in mind that when Washington shot down an Iranian airliner over Iranian air space, the US Navy claimed that it thought the 290 civilians that it murdered were in an Iranian fighter jet, a F-14 Tomcat fighter, a US-made fighter that was a mainstay of the US Navy.

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A Nurse at Gitmo Refuses to Force Feed Any More Prisoners – Others Should Too

by Cori Crider – The Guardian

What the US military does to detainees at Guantánamo is shocking. Perhaps change can come from within.

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ASIA & THE PACIFIC

“Buddhists Betray the Teachings” — Jack Kornfield on the Anti-Muslim Violence in Burma

by Jack Kornfield, Shambhala SunSpace – TRANSCEND Media Service

A religion known for nonviolence is being used to fuel a genocidal campaign against the Muslims of Burma. Inside the coming, September 2014 Shambhala Sun, Buddhist teacher Jack Kornfield, who recently returned from Burma, urges us to join the call for peace.

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Sri Lanka’s Downward Spiral

by Taylor Dibbert – Foreign Policy

Sometimes it takes time, but the truth has a way of finding people. Let's hope it finds President Mahinda Rajapaksa -- sooner rather than later.

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BRICS

BRICS Set Up $100-Bln Bank to Counter West in Global Finance

by Today’s Zaman – TRANSCEND Media Service

Leaders of the BRICS emerging market nations launched a $100 billion development bank and a currency reserve pool on Tuesday [15 Jul 2014] in their first concrete step toward reshaping the Western-dominated international financial system.

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BRICS Bank Is First Step towards New International Economic Order [NIEO]

by Dr. Vivek Kumar Srivastava - CounterCurrents

China is now an important country in financial terms. India has huge middle class with purchasing power equal to European people. Russia has potential to control the EU affairs in its sphere of influence. Brazil is instrumental in promoting the socialist model, influencing adjoining countries. South Africa has vast natural resources with impact upon the whole continent.

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Sixth BRICS Summit – Fortaleza Declaration

by Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India – TRANSCEND Media Service

July 15, 2014 – Fortaleza, Brazil - To inaugurate the second cycle of BRICS Summits, the theme chosen for our discussions was "Inclusive Growth: Sustainable Solutions”, in keeping with the inclusive macroeconomic and social policies carried out by our governments and the imperative to address challenges to humankind posed by the need to simultaneously achieve growth, inclusiveness, protection and preservation.

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BRICS Forges Ahead With Two New Power Drivers – India and China

by Shastri Ramachandaran, IPS – TRANSCEND Media Service

Two external groups defined by divergent interests closely watched proceedings: on the one hand, emerging economies and developing countries, and on the other, a group comprising the United States, Japan and other Western countries thriving on the Washington Consensus and the Bretton Woods twins (the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund).

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LATIN AMERICA & THE CARIBBEAN

Bolivia Makes Child Labor Legal from Age 10

by The Associated Press – Al Jazeera America

Child labor has been common in a nation that ranks as one of the poorest in the Americas.

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MIDDLE EAST & NORTH AFRICA

Iraq Crisis: How Saudi Arabia Helped ISIS Take Over the North of the Country

by Patrick Cockburn – The Independent

A speech by an ex-MI6 boss hints at a plan going back over a decade. In some areas, being Shia is akin to being a Jew in Nazi Germany.

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PALESTINE / ISRAEL

On ‘Human Shielding’ in Gaza

by Nicola Perugini and Neve Gordon – Al Jazeera

The Israeli army has tried to justify striking civilian areas. For Palestinians living in Gaza today, simply spending time in their own homes, frequenting a mosque, going to a hospital or to school has become a dangerous enterprise since any one of these architectural edifices can become at any moment a target.

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Netanyahu’s Ugly Game in Gaza

by Stephen Zunes – The Progressive

Obama’s call for Israelis and Palestinians to exercise restraint and peacefully settle their differences is not enough. Whatever terrible acts may be committed by one side or the other, this is not an ethnic conflict. It is an illegal military occupation of one nation by another.

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Operation Bibi Rescue

by Gilad Atzmon - TRANSCEND Media Service

The IDF launched a vast ground operation in Gaza last night [17 Jul 2014]. Until now, Israel has failed to articulate its military objectives or a definition of what a victory would look like. The military objective is obvious: saving Netanyahu’s political career.

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Israel’s Incremental Genocide in the Gaza Ghetto

by Ilan Pappe - The Electronic Intifada

Cessation of the incremental genocide in Gaza and the restitution of the basic human and civil rights of Palestinians wherever they are, including the right of return, is the only way to open a new vista for a productive international intervention in the Middle East as a whole.

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No Exit from Gaza: A New War Crime?

by Richard Falk – TRANSCEND Media Service

As the casualty totals continue to mount while the world looks on in stupefied inaction, the attacks go on; at the very least, from a humanitarian perspective, there should be a global outcry demanding that children, mothers, and those sick and disabled be allowed to leave the Gaza Strip until current hostilities end. Yet this is a gap in international humanitarian law and refugee law.

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BDS Case against Jake Lynch Finally Brought to a Close

by Ean Higgins - The Australian

The landmark racial discrimination court case brought by Israeli legal group Shurat HaDin against Sydney University’s Jake Lynch was yesterday [16 Jul 2014] finally brought to a close, when a judge rejected a last-ditch attempt by an Australian lawyer to keep it alive.

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Top Ten Myths about the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

by Jeremy R. Hammond – TRANSCEND Media Service

Myth #8 – God gave the land to the Jews, so the Arabs are the occupiers. Myth #10 – The U.S. is an honest broker and has sought to bring about peace in the Middle East.

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Israel Is Captive to Its ‘Destructive Process’

by Chris Hedges - Truthdig

A mass movement demanding boycotts, divestment and sanctions is the only hope now for the Palestinian people. Such a movement must work for imposition of an arms embargo on Israel; this is especially important for Americans because weapons systems and attack aircraft provided by the U.S. are being used to carry out the assault.

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Gaza: Médecins Sans Frontières Official Likens Job to ‘Patching Up Torture Victims in an Open-Air Prison’

by Robert Fisk – The Independent

Comments by Senior Médecins Sans Frontières Official Expose Ethical Dilemma of Humanitarian Work in Conflict Zones.

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What Is Israel’s End Game in Gaza?

by Dennis Kucinich – Consortium News

Israel can kill, injure, humiliate Palestinians at will, with impunity, which is exactly what gave rise to Hamas and strengthens Hamas’ hold in Gaza, even as the IDF advances... Since the U.S. is helping to pay Israel’s bills, we cannot avoid the consequences of paying the price for Israel’s actions against the Palestinians.

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MEDIA

NBC News Pulls Veteran Reporter from Gaza after Witnessing Israeli Attack on Children

by Glenn Greenwald – The Intercept

17 Jul 2014 - Ayman Mohyeldin, the NBC News correspondent who personally witnessed yesterday’s killing by Israel of four Palestinian boys on a Gazan beach and who has received widespread praise for his brave and innovative coverage of the conflict, has been told by NBC executives to leave Gaza immediately.

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SOCIALISM / MARXISM

The Spanish Town Where People Come Before Profit

by Liam Barrington-Bush and Jen Wilton, Contributoria – TRANSCEND Media Service

The town of Marinaleda, often called Spain's "communist utopia," is proof that an economy built on mutual aid is possible. Manuel Gutierrez Daneri says, “Assembly is a place for people to discuss problems and to find the solutions,” pointing out that even minor crimes are collectively addressed via the assembly, as the town has no police or judicial system since the last local cop retired.

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ECONOMICS

Incubating a Non-Dollar Architecture

by Akshay Mathur –Indian Council on Global Relations

Can the mandate of the new [BRICS] bank be extended to incubate a non-dollar financial architecture for emerging countries? If so, what would the design look like?

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CAPITALISM

Sweetheart Deal among Mafiosi: Citigroup to Pay $7 Billion for Its “Egregious Misconduct”

by Andrea Germanos – Common Dreams

Banking giant sold "toxic financial products," reaped profits; critics say it now gets a "sweetheart immunity deal."

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TRADE

How the Mexican Drug Trade Thrives on Free Trade

by Christy Thornton and Adam Goodman – The Nation

Reversing this trend will require recognizing the extent to which Mexico’s “good” and “bad” capital are increasingly inextricable. Elite politicians, businessmen, and cartel leaders aren’t strange bedfellows in Mexico—they share the billions under the mattress.

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ENVIRONMENT

A Brief History of How Bees Sexed Up Earth and Gave Flowers Their Colors

by Maria Popova, Brain Pickings – TRANSCEND Media Service

How a striped, winged, six-legged love machine sparked “the longest marketing campaign in history.”

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Storage of Radioactive Spent Fuel Rods Still Haunts Nuclear Industry

by Paul Brown – Climate News Network

Nuclear power is seen as one of the possible solutions to climate change, but the recent closure of five US power stations is forcing the industry to face up at last to the damaging legacy of how to deal with radioactive waste.

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Threatening Whales and Planet, US Opens Up Offshore Oil Exploration

by Lauren McCauley – Common Dreams

The Obama administration on Friday [18 Jul 2014] gave the greenlight for fossil fuel companies to begin exploring for oil in the waters off the east coast of the U.S., a move said to have a dire consequences for marine life in the short term and on our global climate for years to come.

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REVIEWS

The Last Days of Che Guevara: A Graphic Novel – Book Review

by Paul Buhle – Toward Freedom

No iconic, rebellious image of anyone from the 1960s, it is safe to say, looms larger than that of Che Guevara, even today, so long past his death. Che is the one in museums, and on towels in Italy, posters in Vietnam, statues and assorted monuments in Venezuela and so on.

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ANIMAL RIGHTS / VEGETARIANISM

How Eating Less Meat Can Help Feed the World

by Lindsay Abrams - Salon

Small reforms could have a major impact on hunger, a new study finds.

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Deploying Drones to Get an Overview of Factory Farms

by Peggy Lowe, NPR – TRANSCEND Media Service

An independent journalist says he's found a way around the so-called "ag-gag" laws by flying drones over large livestock operations to document animal welfare problems and pollution.

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POETRY FORMAT

Israel: An Obstacle to World Peace

by Dr. M. Ashaq Raza – TRANSCEND Media Service

The nation yesterday we over empowered Today is out of control of any super power Neither any law works there, nor any order The US, UN, NATO, EU, all are now weaker

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Forget or Forgive or Fight

by Udaya R. Tennakoon – TRANSCEND Media Service

If I would ask Just to forget the past Who I am and Who will I be?

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Sleeping in Gaza

by Najwan Darwish – Split This Rock

Fado, I’ll sleep like people do when shells are falling and the sky is torn like living flesh I’ll dream, then, like people do

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SATIRE

Fleeing Iraqis Relieved That Cheney Has No Regrets about War

by Andy Borowitz – The New Yorker

Just days after former Vice-President Dick Cheney said that he had no regrets about the invasion of Iraq, people fleeing their homes across that war-torn nation expressed tremendous relief that he was at peace with his decision.

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IN OTHER LANGUAGES

(Português) Voo MH-17: Um “Atentado” Suspeito Demais

by Paul Craig Roberts – Outras Palavras

Tentativa de culpar Rússia sem evidências sugere o pior: isolados e em declínio, EUA tentariam manter supremacia por meio de provocação e guerra permanentes.

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(Español) Bolivia es declarada territorio libre de analfabetismo por la Unesco

by TeleSur – TRANSCEND Media Service

La nación suramericana alcanzó esta meta tras la aplicación del método Yo Sí Puedo, diseñado por Cuba y empleado en naciones como Venezuela, que fue declarada libre de analfabetismo en 2005.

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(Español) BRICS, potente contrapeso a la hegemonía de Washington

by Ángel Guerra Cabrera - TeleSur

Sobresale la celebración de la Sexta Cumbre del BRICS en Fortaleza, Brasil, con el tema “Crecimiento inclusivo: Soluciones Sustentables” la cumbre estremeció las finanzas internacionales con la creación del Nuevo Banco de Desarrollo(NBD) de los BRICS con un capital autorizado de 100 mil millones de dólares.

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(Italiano) Con che cosa ha che fare la storia – Guardate questa mappa della storia

by Johan Galtung – TRANSCEND Media Service

Tentiamo una spiegazione basata sui concetti di impero e dinastia; gli imperi in espansione e contrazione nello spazio, le dinastie nel tempo. Entrambi si basano su contraddizioni, forze e contro-forze, dialettica; ma negli imperi la dialettica è esterna, nelle dinastie interna.

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(Português) Cientistas fazem macacos ter AIDS [SIDA] pela primeira vez: vitória ou derrota?

by Sérgio Greif - ANDA Agência de Notícias de Direitos Animais

Após 30 anos do início da pandemia de AIDS em todo o mundo e milhões gastos em pesquisa, finalmente cientistas comemoram a noticia . . . não de que conseguiram a cura para a doença em seres humanos, mas que conseguiram criar a doença em outros primatas. Há algo de tolo e irracional na ciência tal como a entendemos hoje.

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(Italiano) Elicotteri Agusta all’Uganda dei diritti violati

by Antonio Mazzeo – TRANSCEND Media Service

Nuovi sistemi d’arma italiani per il continente africano.

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(Italiano) Occhio per occhio e il mondo diventa cieco

by Prof. Nanni Salio – Centro Studi Sereno Regis

Quello che sta succedendo in Palestina, in Siria, in Iraq, in Ucraina, nel Centrafrica e in altri luoghi ancora, è il segno del retaggio di politiche ancora dominate dal complesso militare-industriale-mediatico-corporativo-scientifico.

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(Italiano) Caro Luca, in questi tre anni…

by Prof. Nanni Salio – Centro Studi Sereno Regis

La vita di ognuno di noi passa in un soffio, ma la tua è stata ancora più breve. Nel poco tempo che ti è stato dato, sei stato capace di coltivare la cultura della nonviolenza con i progetti di servizio civile, di cui oggi c’è più bisogno che mai.

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SHORT VIDEO CLIPS

(Español) Dónde Jugarán los Niños (MUSIC VIDEO OF THE WEEK)

by Maná – TRANSCEND Media Service

Maná es una banda mexicana de rock en español que ha obtenido múltiples premios por su labor a favor de la ecología. [En Vivo]

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Nobel Economist Joseph Stiglitz Hails New BRICS Bank Challenging U.S.-Dominated World Bank & IMF

by Democracy Now – TRANSCEND Media Service

"The BRICS countries today are richer than the advanced countries were when the World Bank and the IMF were founded. We're in a different world -- but the old institutions haven't kept up."

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“Evacuate to Where?” – Report from Gaza and Israel

by The Real News Network – TRANSCEND Media Service

Jul 17, 2014 - Gaza-based blogger Nalan al Sarraj and TRNN's Lia Tarachansky report on the mood of the people in Gaza and Israel as Israeli ground troops join the attack.

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JOKE OF THE WEEK

The Truth!

by Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service

A 10 year old boy asked his recently divorced mother, "How old are you?" The mother told him, "This is not a question you should ask, never ask it again."

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